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Some dog lucked out on the princess bed with the multiple mattresses (not to mention the toys!). From the owner of Molly, now Zoey:

Hello. On January 27, 2012, our family adopted Molly (renamed Zoey) the miniature pinscher mix.

We love her very much and feel she is the perfect fit for our family. :) We are so happy that the other dogs that came in with her were also adopted.

We actually believe Zoey picked us. When we came to Toronto Animal Services to see the other three miniature pinschers you had available, Zoey was immediately drawn to our 5 year old miniature pinscher Zero and to us. We adopted Zero two years ago from a local animal shelter. He had been left overnight in a crate outside and therefore we have no history of his life before us.

Zero and Zoey are so cute together. Zoey is very affectionate and is becoming less timid every day. She has learned many new things such as how to sit and wait for her food, sleeping in a bed at night (lol), going upstairs, playing outside in the snow and her housetraining is remarkable.

We would appreciate any information you can give us regarding Zoey when you rescued her. We would really like to know what her living conditions were like. We feel it would help us to better understand what she has been through.

We have attached a few photos of Zoey and Zero.

4 Comments to “Update on Molly”

  1. Catherine says:

    Such a pretty girl, looks like she's landed in a wonderful home. Thank you for sharing.

  2. NK says:

    Honestly Fred, can I send you a picture of me, have you write one of your witty blurbs about my great personality and many wonderful qualities - and then be adopted by one of the many people you have featured over the last year on your updates! On the doggy happy-meter, these dogs go from 1-10 in 60 seconds! Another great update to make us all feel fuzzy inside!

  3. Anonymous says:

    When I feel about the despair because things are so bad for animals, posts like this make me so happy. I love that they want to be able to better understand what she's thinking, it really shows they think of her as more than "just a dog". It is incredibly uplifting to read about people who love their dog so much, care for them so well both physically AND emotionally.

  4. Fred says:

    NK, once I figure out how to do that for myself, I'd be more than happy to help you out as well.

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The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.